You may remember us saying that Angela’s parents (aged 85 and 86) emigrated from UK to New Zealand in September last year. They have settled very well into a retirement village and follow all the recommendations put to the residents. I thought one of these recommendations was such a good idea that I’d share it with you all and that is to keep health details readily available in case of emergency.
Everyone in the village has a printed and laminated sheet with all sorts of health details on including their medications and where they’re kept , whether they need glasses, hearing aids or walking frames and the contact details for their support person.
But it’s where they keep the details that I found fascinating: It’s at the back of the milk bottle shelf in the fridge!
Apparently all the ambulance crew know to look there if they pick anyone up from the village and then can make sure people have their medication and aids with them. That saves a lot of frustration that can occur for doctors and nurses (as Paul knows only too well!) when people arrive at hospital unable to answer questions as they cant hear properly and only knowing that they “take a little white pill”!
If you have elderly relatives or even for yourself this might be a good idea. Or you could use your Smart Phone to save your details as we outlined in an earlier post.